It is a well known fact that experiencing trauma can have a serious impact on the course of one’s life. A severe accident, or the loss of a loved one can scar people in seemingly ineluctable ways. If you have ever experienced such trauma, then you know firsthand the scars the event can leave with...Read more..
If you are in recovery from addiction or if you are still actively using drugs or alcohol, you are acutely aware of the fact that the disease is typified by solitude. While active users may be accompanied by others spiraling towards a similar bottom, the reality is that you are in fact alone. Nobody is...Read more..
Much of the news these days is focused on the Middle East, with ISIS taking front and center as being many Americans’ biggest concern. We have all seen the devastation in Syria on television and on the front pages. The death toll is staggering. While every one of us should feel disturbed by the carnage...Read more..
It would seem that we all live in an era where the drugs of our parents’ generation do not hold the same appeal. That is not to say that people no longer use cocaine, marijuana, speed and heroin (especially heroin); but rather, that the environment has changed dramatically and we live in a time when...Read more..
Unfortunately, stress is inevitable – from failed relationships to family conflicts to financial trouble — and uncontrolled stress can have a serious impact on your health and your new sober life. But how do you calm yourself down after a stressful encounter or situation? Could it really be as simple as thinking happy thoughts? According...Read more..
On average, Americans eat more than 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day, which is more than double the ideal amount of 1,500 mg per day. What’s more, over 75 percent of that sodium comes from processed, prepackaged and restaurant foods – not from the salt shaker, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). That’s why it’s...Read more..
Have you seen the Internet meme that reads: “I don’t know about where YOU live, but the weather here is somewhere between bipolar and downright psychotic this spring?” For people living with bipolar disorder, this is just further proof of the misinformation and lack of understanding about the brain disorder. “As an individual living with...Read more..
Let’s face facts: We can all use a confidence booster now and again – and it’s even more important to monitor your self-esteem during recovery. This is because when you’re feeling low or down on yourself, you’re more likely to relapse or struggle with co-occurring issues like depression and anxiety. To the rescue: Some simple...Read more..
While depression has been found to be more common among women – likely due to certain biological, hormonal and social factors unique to females – men can certainly be depressed, too. In fact, roughly 20 to 25 percent of men dealing with depression will suffer from a drinking problem – and that number triples if...Read more..
Male friendships, often mocked as “bromances” in movies, may have similar health effects as romantic relationships, especially when it comes to stress management, according to a new rat study. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, confirmed what past human studies have found: Social interactions increase the level of the hormone...Read more..